Mickey Tollis: 1927-2007

01.06.07 - Former Australian welterweight champion Mickey Tollis passed away on May 23, three days prior to his 80th birthday. In 1944, Tollis turned professional in Newcastle, NSW, where he grew up, knocking out Bob Hazel in round 4. Halfway through his career he moved to Melbourne training with master Ambrose Palmer.

In February 1948 Tollis drew with world class Vic Patrick for the Australian lightweight title. He then drew with Tommy Burns in a non title 12 round affair in September '48 but was out pointed over 15 by Burns for the Australian welter crown a month later. In December 1949, he was stopped by Kevin Delaney in round 11 for the 10 stone 7 title but it was third time lucky for Mickey as he finally took the belt home when he knocked out Delaney in round 12 on September 1st 1950. He made one defense, a 13 round knockout over Ken Bailey on July 2 1951.

Other top fighters Tollis defeated were a faded Jack Hassen, Roy Treasure, Andre Famechon (father of Johnny) and American Red Williams. In his last fight, in October 1951, he suffered an eight round knockout loss to Tommy Burns.

Mickey's final record read 46 wins 8 losses 10 draws with 24 KO's.

Article posted on 01.06.2007

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